No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24
Where are your priorities? Up until two years ago, I was pursuing the almighty dollar, instead of God Almighty. A business failure and subsequent bankruptcy shook my wife and myself to our core and subsequently shook up our values.
But during these times, God got our attention. Jesus showed us how messed up our priorities were. Finally, we humbled ourselves, filed bankruptcy, and turned to God, completely and fully. Our debts were forgiven. However, we have had to learn to work with half of the income we originally had. Overall, this experience has enabled us to get our priorities straight, and as a result, I am more confident than ever God will see us through these times.
Our past will be the future for many in America who have invested themselves way too much in their pursuit of the dollar. They may have the nice house, the two cars, with toys and goodies galore. They may also have a mountain of debt they cannot keep up with, with usurious interest rates of 30% or more. And when their business slows down, or they lose their jobs, they too, will see no way out. But God will show you that way out.
There are financial planners that have been saying you can negotiate with your lenders for a reduced interest rate or negotiate reduced settlement amounts. However if you fail to readjust your priorities first, and put God first in all you do, including your finances, you will get sucked back into the same trap you got yourself into. If you put your finances in front of your God, your finances will keep you separated from God. Remember, our God is bigger than money.
Are you serving God, or money? Which would you rather serve? Is your debt blocking your ability to put God first? What do you need to do to reverse your priorities?
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 3:1-2; New King James
This is why we must pray for Barak Obama. And why we must pray for all those who rule over us. As we approach the end of days, and the rule of law gets more distorted and twisted, our prayers will hold back our spiritual enemies, soften the hearts of those with evil intent, and perhaps even delay the inevitable described in Revelation. It also allows our spirit to bear the fruit Jesus seeks in all of us.
Jesus taught to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44). While our leaders may not be enemies, and most do not persecute us, if we are to love our actual enemies and pray for those who persecute, how much more than should we pray for those who simply don’t see the world as we do, through the eyes of a loving Father in Heaven?
Pray for your leaders, especially Barak Obama, that they may turn from their wrongful ways and seek the Lord with all their heart. Pray that the Lord has mercy on all His people, that they may prosper and succeed through these difficult times. Finally, pray for forgiveness, for none of us can keep and maintain the loving, merciful heart required full time, as we all think or say things we shouldn’t when our leaders try to exclude our Lord in all that goes on in America.
Keep your eyes open for spiritual danger; stand true to the Lord; act like men; be strong; and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love. I Corinthians 16:13-14, the Living Bible
Yes, the United States of America is under siege. The secular/ progressive movement has shouted those of faith down; calling them crazy, racist, homophobic hate mongers, and more. While the gay community has “come out of the closet” in the name of tolerance, Jews and Christians alike are being shoved into the very same closet, all in the name of “separation of church and state”. This kind of talk is designed to do one thing: divide and destroy the United States. This must not be permitted. Not on our watch, anyway.
Jesus told us these things would happen, and that we are to remember the world that hates us, hated Jesus first. We were told the right will be considered evil, and evil will be considered right (Isaiah 3:9-11; 5:20). But that does not mean we are to take all of this, shut up and crawl into some bunker somewhere. While we are told that the “prince of darkness” must prevail for a brief period, this does not mean we are to silently allow it to happen.
We are to boldly stand up for Jesus. We are to stand up to those that want us silenced; calmly, with passion and compassion. This is the time to market and promote Jesus: at work, at the grocery store, on the street corner. Jesus will be the only true light during this dark period. We will be the only ones shining that light.
Pray that Jesus gives you direction and courage in this matter. Some are senders, others are doers: all are important. Let the Holy Spirit guide you as to what you are to do. Pray that the enemies of God repent, and seek Jesus. Pray that America will be restored to that great, one nation under God that the world looks to; but also, that not our will, His will be done. Pray for God’s kingdom to come, and that His will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Pray for Christians and Jews around the world as all of us face more and more persecution. Pray we do these things in a Christ like manner: not judgmental, but with grace and love.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:14
Prayer for the United States is something anyone of faith can do. Prayer has been known to cure illness, even cancer; bring rain to thirsty lands and crops, and even guide the battle plans of generals and turn the tides of war, hastening their end, and in doing so, bring peace.
The Lord is slow to anger, and abundant in love. (Psalms 103:8). He is not a punishing god, ready to inflict suffering on those who violate His laws or reject Him. He is like love itself: patient, kind, selfless, and unconditional.
Pray for the United States of America. Pray that those who attack us because of our faith will fail, and repent. Pray for the return of the Lord and for His healing hands to be placed on our land. Pray for our president; whether we agree with him or not, that the Lord may direct his decisions for God’s glory. Pray for our legislatures and judges, that they honor the Lord and the Constitution of these United States.
Finally, pray that the Lord will help all of us show unconditional love to all; especially non believers, while encouraging one another to turn from their sins and follow God.